Australasian Housing Institute

Leadership Master Class

Empowering Social Housing Leaders

Purposefully residential, the Leadership Master Class empowers delegates to take focused time and space to refresh and extend their leadership capabilities to aid success and meet demands of future social housing industry growth and change. The event provides a unique opportunity for existing and emerging leaders of social housing policy and practice to participate in a high-level development program with their industry peers.

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An engaging schedule of presentations, workshops and exercises will be presented by facilitators and speakers with experience and proven track records of success in leadership development and experienced and respected senior social housing leaders with focus on building understanding and capacity in four key areas:

  1. Self-leadership
  2. Interpersonal leadership
  3. Team leadership
  4. Strategic leadership

Master Class Program

Interactive workshop sessions will be interwoven with presentations from senior leaders from industry, who focus on one or more of the topic areas to contextualise learning. 

Benefits of attending:

  • Increase self-awareness
  • Find energy in your leadership approach
  • Connect with industry peers
  • Learn from senior leaders within the housing industry
  • Discover new ways of doing things
  • Enhance leadership approach
  • Build leadership capability 

2015 Program Highlights

Sunday 17th May


At leisure prior to 18:00

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Welcome: Donald Proctor | President| Australasian Housing Institute

Guest Speaker: Mike Allen | Former Chief Executive of Housing NSW, Department of Family and Community Services & Past Chair of the former Housing and Homelessness Ministers’ Advisory Committee

Mike will be reflecting on his own leadership career and what work environments and conditions were most motivating for him. His focus will be on organisational culture and a leaders’ role in fostering a positive culture.



Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach
Monday 18th May  


Donella Roberts | Manager, Training & Events | Australasian Housing Institute

Personal Leadership and Industry Development

Philip Fagan-Schmidt| Executive Director | Housing SA



Workshop: Self-leadership

This workshop explores different aspects of self-leadership including examination of the relationship between emotional intelligence and effective performance, especially in leaders



Workshop: Interpersonal Leadership

This workshop provides a rich awareness of personal behavioural traits and assists individuals in appreciating and relating to those around them (in both the Work and Personal environments).  Skill building exercises help participants to identify strengths and learn to flex one's style for improved interpersonal leadership.



Leadership Qualities

Sueellen McCaffrey | General Manager People & Communication| SGCH

Reflection and Action Planning



Guest Speaker: Michael Lennon | Managing Director | Housing Choices Australia


Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach

Tuesday 19th May



Setting Directions and Securing Inclusion

Steve Bevington | Managing Director | Community Housing Limited Group



Workshop: Team Leadership

Through discussion and experiential activity, this workshop explores theory and application of inter-related key leadership functions to lead strong performing teams as well as the neglected other side of leadership, followership.



Workshop: Strategic Leadership

This conversational workshop prompts consideration of strategic leadership from both as an organisational and personal process perspective and delves into strengths of a true strategic leader; thinking, acting and influencing strategically.



Strategic Planning or Planned Opportunism: a function of vision, mission & values interacting with the environment


Greg Budworth | Group Managing Director | Compass Housing Services

Reflection and Action Planning


Celebratory Reception

Recap and close: Donald Proctor | President| Australasian Housing Institute


At leisure from 18:30


  • AHI Member Rate: 2,495 AUD Non-Member: 2,995 AUD
  • Accommodation and meals are included


  • 20% discount for orders with more than 5 participants

* Twitter Contest rules: 

  • Entrant (or nominated colleague from the same organisation) must hold management position in government or non-government housing or human service business or organisation in Australia or New Zealand
  • Must be an @AHIinfo follower on Twitter to enter 
  • Limited to one entry per Twitter account
  • One winner will be chosen by AHI in a random drawing from all eligible entries 
  • Promotion begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, 17 April 2015 and ends at 11:59 P.M. on Friday, 24 April 2015. The winner will be selected and notified via Twitter on Wednesday, 29 April 2015
  • Discount may be used for the AHI Leadership Master Class only and not transferable or redeemable for cash
  • Twitter is neither a sponsor nor a fulfiller of this promotion